Meebo Acquired by Google for Undisclosed Amount
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jun 2012
The team behind Meebo, the popular web based instant messaging client and social networking platform, announced on Monday, May 4th, that Google acquired Meebo. Or to put it in other words, Meebo just announced that it entered an agreement to be acquired by Google.

The Meebo Team was quite pleased to announce the acquisition and referred to being acquired by Google as the next leg of Meebo’s journey.

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“For more than seven years we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging,” said the Meebo Team. Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike. We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.

When asked why it decided to acquire Meebo, Google motivated its decision by saying it is constantly searching for ways to improve how users share content and connect with others via the web. By acquiring Meebo, Google gains access to a talented team with lots of expertise in social publisher tools. This team will be integrated with the existing Google+ team and all these talented people will work to improve Google+ and come up with more ways for users to engage online.

So to sum it up, Google acquired Meebo with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of its Google+ social network. Google will use Meebo’s expertise to create more ways for Google+ users to engage, connect, and share content online.

What we do not know is how much Google paid to acquire Meebo. Neither Google nor Meebo disclosed this information. Rumor on the web has it that Google paid somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million to acquire Meebo.





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